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Mon
16
Jun '14

Do You Wanna Be the Thief or the Drunkard?

London's Warwick Castle Shows Off Its Judgmental Side

SUBMITTED BY: The Cole Family of Colorado     LOCATION: London, England (2014)

It’s not truly a family vacation until you’ve been publicly humiliated, right?

Stockades are a staple photo-op of historical theme parks, whether it be commemorating the sadistic Pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation or even the Disney version of Revolutionary War America.

But England’s Warwick Castle takes public shaming to the next level, labeling willing tourists as drunks and thieves — and even casting a moral judgment on which crime deserves more discomfort. Perhaps the drunkard is forced on his knees to facilitate vomiting?

Note: The plastic bag wrapping is NOT forced upon all pretend drunkards. It’s actually a tourist rain poncho.

(The Cole Family is Colorado’s most prolific group of contributors to Tacky Tourist Photos, previously responsible for classics such as “Regurgitated Waterfall,” and “Field of Dreams.”)

 

Fri
26
Aug '11

Tourist Shish Kebab

Anyone know the difference between a stalagmite and a stalactite?

SUBMITTED BY: Ben and Sarah Cole   LOCATION: Glenwood Caverns, Colorado (2011)

At the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Historic Fairy Caves, all is not magical.  The best part of this classic Tacky Tourist Photo? — it’s the acting, of course!

Posing for a Tacky Tourist Photo requires stage presence and sharp improvisational skills.

Great job, Ben!  Looks like you could be the next James Franco.

(Ben and Sarah Cole previously shared their goofy visit to the Field of Dreams movie site in Iowa).

Fri
11
Feb '11

Greetings from the Princess City: Pocahontas, Iowa

Workplace consultants Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson chill out with Pocahontas

SUBMITTED BY: Cali Ressler   LOCATION: Pocahontas, Iowa (2011)

Pocahontas, the Native American heroine best known for her “Colors of the Wind” ballad, greets visitors to one of the most sparsely populated corners of Iowa. One of the best ways to sell more t-shirts and snowglobes is to name your town after a Disney character.

(Cali Ressler is the co-creator of the Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE), a movement that empowers employees to determine their own schedules — freeing up more time for tourism.)

Mon
1
Feb '10

Miss America contestants salute Tacky Tourist Photos!

Nothing charms a beautiful woman more than a Tacky Tourist Photo…

The TTP curators happened to cross paths with all 53 Miss America contestants last week at a fashion show in Las Vegas — and world peace never came up once in conversation!

Miss Maryland Brooke Poklemba calls Tacky Tourist Photos a "great idea."

Miss Maryland Brooke Poklemba calls Tacky Tourist Photos a "great idea."

Brooke, we appreciate the invite :)

Miss Massachusetts Amanda Kelly wishes us "safe travels" with a smiley face

Miss Massachusetts Amanda Kelly wishes us "safe travels" with a smiley face

Very classy, Amanda!

Miss Kansas Becki Ronen

Miss Kansas Becki Ronen

Becki reminds us that no matter how much we love to travel, “There’s no place like home.”

Miss Louisiana Katherine Putnam

Miss Louisiana Katherine Putnam

God Bless You, Too, Katherine…

Miss-Michigan Nicole Blaszczyk was the preliminary talent winner for her lyrical dance performance.

Nicole, you need to plan ahead about how to fit in all those consonants!

Miss Kentucky Mallory Ervin

Miss Kentucky Mallory Ervin

We know this is worse than telling an NFL quarterback that he throws like a girl, but Mallory, your penmanship looks like a guy’s. Scrap the ALL-CAPS thing and try a few more hearts to dot your i’s.

Miss Indiana Nicole Pollard

Miss Indiana Nicole Pollard

Nicole, we’re digging the doodled crown topping your signature.

Miss California Kristy Cavinder was named a preliminary talent winner for her Ballet en Pointe performance to the Slave Maiden Variation from "Le Corsaire."

Miss California Kristy Cavinder was named a preliminary talent winner for her Ballet en Pointe performance to the Slave Maiden Variation from "Le Corsaire."

“Always” is the perfect high school yearbook salutation. Luv ya 4-eva! Don’t eva change!

Anne Michael Langguth plays the Glee card and shows the sexy side of the violin

Anne Michael Langguth plays the Glee card and shows the sexy side of the violin

Tune into this space later this week to find out why Miss Iowa inscribed her picture to Dino Flintstone…

Mon
12
Oct '09

Field of Dreams: If you hallucinate, they will come…

Doing the "Wave" in the empty bleachers at the "Field of Dreams" baseball field in Dyersville, Iowa

Doing the "Wave" in the empty bleachers at the "Field of Dreams" baseball field in Dyersville, Iowa

SUBMITTED BY: Jason & Rachel Cole   LOCATION: Dyersville, Iowa (2009)

It would be awesome if the official “Field of Dreams” baseball field had ballplayers dressed as the disgraced 1919 Chicago White Sox, whom tourists could either gamble with or play Whiffleball with.

But you and your imagination are on your own when you tread on the holy soil where Kevin Costner once walked.

Hats off to the Cole family, who pretended to cheer on Shoeless Joe Jackson from these modest bleachers, followed by a dramatic fading into the cornfields.

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At the risk of getting too philosophical for a goofy web site…. If baseball fans “do the wave,” and nobody is there to actually see it, did they ever really do the wave?

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(Jason Cole is an aspiring novelist and founder of the Wicked Smaht blog.   Rachel Cole is an adult contemporary singer-songwriter coming to a coffeehouse near you. )

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